Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman - OPTIONAL

Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, 390 pages.  Simon & Schuster, 2018.  $19.  

Language: R (77 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 (beatings, dead bodies, 



What happens to humanity when the taps really do run dry?  Alyysa’s idyllic Southern California life is turned on its head when exactly that happens.  And when her parents don’t come home after going in pursuit of water, she and her little brother, plus their neighbor Kelton must figure out how to survive.  Some people will step up and be heroes, but others will descend into the chaos. A heady mix of good and bad as everyone is trying to survive.

The Shusterman father-son duo take a long cynical look at life in the “civilized” world when life goes horribly wrong.  There is a long list of excellent books for middle grade about such topics (Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It, Walters Rule of Three, Empty by Weyn, among others). Shusterman brings the topic to a solid young adult book.  Don’t miss this!

Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS

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